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Fury agrees fight against WBC heavyweight champion Wilder following comfortable victory over Pianeta

Fury was a comfortable winner against Pianeta in Windsor Park Credit: PA

Tyson Fury will challenge WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in November after easing to a 10-round victory over Francesco Pianeta at Belfast's Windsor Park.

The 30-year-old needed only to defeat his little-known opponent to secure the ambitious fight, which will represent only the third since his comeback began in June, and was afterwards joined in the ring by the powerful American where both fighters and promoter Frank Warren confirmed they will meet.

Crucially for Fury, after the disappointment of his four-round victory over Sefer Seferi in June, in being taken the 10-round distance he was given the chance to shift much of the ring rust that would have developed during his near-three-year absence.

He will have to lose further weight and continue to rediscover his sharpness following an unremarkable performance in which he rarely hurt his opponent, but standing opposite Wilder, he vowed: "I'm going to win this man's belt and bring it back to defend right here in Belfast.

"You can't knock out what you can't hit. This man (Pianeta) couldn't land a blow on me.

"This was the performance I needed to prove against a tough opponent that I can move and box again at the best level.

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Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Povetkin

Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Credit: PA

Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on September 22, his promoter Eddie Hearn has announced.

Russia's Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to his WBA title, and by fighting him Joshua should secure greater freedom in selecting his next opponent.

The 28-year-old Briton had been in training while negotiations with WBC champion Deontay Wilder stalled, but could yet fight the American in April 2019.

Warrington beats Selby to clinch IBF featherweight crown

Josh Warrington realised his world title dream at his beloved Elland Road by upsetting Lee Selby to clinch the IBF featherweight crown Credit: PA

Josh Warrington realised his world title dream at his beloved Elland Road by upsetting Lee Selby to clinch the IBF featherweight crown via split decision after a 12-round thriller.

Fervent Leeds supporter Warrington was roared into the ring by an expectant estimated 25,000-strong crowd in his home city.

Warrington was a clear underdog with the bookmakers against his Welsh opponent but rose to the challenge in the West Yorkshire cauldron to maintain his perfect professional record and end Selby's near three-year reign as world champion at 126lbs.

Warrington was given the nod by two of the judges - 116-112 and 115-113 - with a third scoring the fight 115-113 in Selby's favour.

Another domestic dust-up may loom for Warrington as the winner of this bout had been heavily linked with Northern Ireland's Carl Frampton, whose next fight has been slated for Windsor Park later this summer.

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